Welcome Waterloo co-op students!

Explore careers, gain experience and earn money through North America's largest co-op program.

Our students are some of the best and brightest, and our employers know it! One thing is for sure: co-op at Waterloo exists because of YOU and your talent.

Now that you're here, we're committed to helping you have the most positive co-op experience possible. Visit the sections below to help you on your way.

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  1. Aug. 9, 2019University of Waterloo signs Global Charter for Co-op and Work-Integrated Education
    Norah McRae signing the WACE charter

    The first-ever Global Charter for Co-op and Work-Integrated Education has been signed by more than 50 university and college presidents, education association executives and high-ranking government officials. The signing happened on August 6, 2019, as part of the 2019 WACE World Conference in at the University of Cincinnati.

    Among the charter signatories was Dr. Norah McRae, Associate Provost, Co-operative and Experiential Education for the University of Waterloo. 

    “For over 60 years, the University of Waterloo has been a world-leader in co-operative education, largely due to our focus on training students to be adaptive, resilient, future-ready problem solvers,” says McRae. “It was an honour to sign this charter to symbolize our ongoing global commitment to developing stronger international work-integrated learning experiences that prepare students to address the critical, growing needs of the world’s economy.”

  2. July 19, 2019Welcome to the new co-op website!
    Girl looking at the new co-op website on her computer

    For some time now, we’ve heard from students that our co-op website needed a face-lift. And we couldn’t agree more! 

    Over the past few months, we’ve consulted with students and staff across campus to gather feedback on our website and brainstorm how to make it a more useful resource for current co-op students. Our own co-op students played a significant role in this project by helping us inform and implement changes to the structure and design of the site.

    Now, our new site is set up to help current co-op students navigate the co-op process by laying out information in a more user-friendly way, with a focus on the many supports and resources available across campus.

  3. July 15, 2019Co-op student works to support sustainable development goals in Indonesia
    View of Jakarta

    By: Amy U

    Third-year Architecture student Simone Delaney pursued an international co-op work term to gain new perspectives on the world. While working in Jakarta, Indonesia, she also gained life-changing experiences through the impactful work she did for Yayasan Peta Bencana, an organization that offers open-source mapping visualization software to help manage climate disasters. While on her work term, Yayasan Peta Bencana received the United Nations Public Service Award for ensuring integrated approaches in public sector institutions and helping to meet some of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals - especially those related to climate change.

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